You Keep Our Signal Strong FAQ What is the “Close the Gap” figure and what does it mean? The gap is the combination of how much money remains to fulfill our Share 2023 committed pledges and how much it will cost to cover technology needs. The financial gap as of December 5 was $166,680. What amount of Share 2023 pledges remain to be fulfilled? $165,747 as of December 5 What is the technology goal to pay for a new 88.9 FM generator and 90.3 FM broadcast antenna? $45,400 What amount remains to meet the technology goal? The goal has been reached! Why do we need a generator for 88.9 FM and why replace the 90.3 FM broadcast antenna? A generator for 88.9 FM will help us to reach our family every day with as few interruptions as possible. A severe storm this past summer reminded us of this need in a huge way as we were off the air for several hours. That meant listeners in northwest Ohio including Toledo and Bowling Green went unreached. Our original signal in Fort Wayne at 90.3 FM has outlived the maximum capacity of its current antenna, which reduces the coverage area and signal strength. This signal covers all northeast Indiana and reaches into northwest Ohio. Some funds have been previously donated for the antenna, but the pandemic caused a huge spike in labor and material costs for just about everyone, including us. We were forced to delay these projects that are directly related to our two largest signals. When I donate, where does the money go? If you are fulfilling a WBCL Share 2023 pledge, that donation will go toward that end which is hugely important. That funding helps pay the bills and other ongoing operating budget costs. Donations designated toward the technology goal will go to that effort. Here’s the breakdown of expenses (estimates are based on current projected costs): 88.9 FM generator · $15,000 total to cover purchase and installation expenses 90.3 FM Antenna $50,000 total to purchase and installation expenses Total: $65,000 Previously designated funds: $19,600 for 90.3 FM antenna Year-End Goal: $45,400 Any undesignated year-end gifts will go toward the technology goal until the $45,400 goal is met. Once that is reached, undesignated gifts will go toward WBCL Share 2023 pledge fulfillment to assist covering pledges others are unable to fulfill. What if I’ve already fulfilled my Share 2023 pledge, can I give a little extra to help with the technology goal? Yes! Any extra amount that you’d be willing to give will be greatly appreciated. Just remember to designate your extra gift for that project. I’ve prayed about it and I’m ready to partner with WBCL. What do I do next? Thanks for praying and for partnering with us!